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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Nov 2, 2010 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Feeling Groovy Jam> Tighten Up Jam (reprise)

One of my most treasured finds here at these archives - this one holds a special place in the collection. I love the pared down beginning of Big Boss Man after Jerry cries out "this evening has been fraught with difficulties, absolutely fraught with difficulties" . . . they rise well to the challenges it seems. The version here of the rare Seasons works the best for me - sweet and understated delivery by both Bob and Jerry, and this night's suite of Dark Star > St. Stephen > the Eleven > Death Don't Have No Mercy may be my favorite performance of this string of tunes. Qualitative superlatives seem redundant when discussing this set of tunes from 1969 - not unlike comparing the Dark Stars of '72. The Live/Dead version is imprinted fondly on my psyche through decades of repeat playings (familiarity begets fondness), but ever since the first time I heard this 11/2/69 show, I've been enthralled by the fluid and emotive playing on each of the four tunes - sheer magic! There are passages that jump out with the sheer energy and/or emotion of the moment, as in The Eleven and Jerry's deep reading of Death Don't Have No Mercy.

It was the rich and clean audio capture of this show that first drew me to it. The tape itself is quite good for it's vintage - crisp, clean and quiet. The mix itself also is quite good, if not excellent for The Family Dog. Nice audio spatial imaging allows for a rich and present sound with a quiet background, onstage sound and attentive audience. The way the organ, gong and cymbals underscore the early feedback and jam in Dark Star helps create this pensive, almost chilling, vibe that resonates so strongly later in the blues dirge of Death Don't. As they say about time flying by when you are having fun, the Dark Star never feels like 30 minutes - it always seems to wind up all to quickly!